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Monday, 27th October 2014, 04:40

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Rethinking Torment

Replies: 25

Views: 4362

Re: Rethinking Torment

Except for the last level of the Hells, I usually can just rest up and take the hell effects because they're not that dangerous except for when a fiend is dropped in. Only if you have regen or Makh/TSO. If it's regen then you probably need to clear 2 or 3... or 4 more groups of monsters before you'...

Saturday, 25th October 2014, 15:55

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Rethinking Torment

Replies: 25

Views: 4362

Re: Rethinking Torment

I don't agree with some of your premises. In Hells getting damaged by torment is relevant even after the fight because of hell effects. I don't find healing after torment tedious in Hell because the situation always stays dangerous. Same for Pan but only in some situations instead of all. Tomb is t...

Monday, 4th August 2014, 19:25

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Crawl needs more HP percentile damages : EDITED

Replies: 34

Views: 6112

Re: Crawl needs more HP percentile damages : EDITED

I very much disagree with the premise. The occasional monster that bypasses your defenses is interesting design. It works best on an enemy that is iconic, in the sense that torment is the central gimmick of a tormentor and hellfire is the gimmick of a hellion. In extended, however, torment is so com...

Friday, 27th June 2014, 20:42

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Suggestion: Rank 3 of spiny mutation grants an ability

Replies: 11

Views: 2052

Re: Suggestion: Rank 3 of spiny mutation grants an ability

Lasty wrote:What are the goal and motivation of this proposal?

The spines mutation is pointless (no pun intended). Seems pretty obvious to me.

Friday, 27th June 2014, 19:01

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Monster: Tank

Replies: 12

Views: 2349

Re: Monster: Tank

Having a monster be fully immune to ranged combat would mean that builds based on ranged combat can't interact with it, aside from running away. Shutting off options entirely is generally not a great idea, particularly when the options being shut off include the majority of the different attacks in...

Friday, 27th June 2014, 14:16

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Monster: Tank

Replies: 12

Views: 2349

Re: Monster: Tank

I think that the concept could maybe work if you took a page from D&D, particularly 4e's defenders. For the uninitiated, the idea there is that, going based off simple numbers, they're somewhat harder to kill than average, but they're not that threatening otherwise. However, they become more dan...

Friday, 20th June 2014, 17:28

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Reinstating Dragon Slaying Brand

Replies: 34

Views: 6694

Re: Reinstating Dragon Slaying Brand

What we came up with a different brand to replace it? What I have in mind is: A brand that starts doing more damage the more enemies of the same type you've killed in a (arbitrarily defined recent time period) So while you're in orc it will be an orc slaying weapon, while you're in snake it will be...

Friday, 23rd May 2014, 19:37

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Nightstalker for monsters

Replies: 6

Views: 2152

Re: Nightstalker for monsters

wheals wrote:How is this different from what trapdoor spiders do?

Can trapdoor spiders move around underground, or if they can, do they wander? I don't really remember. That would be an important difference.

Friday, 23rd May 2014, 13:17

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Make Fewer Gods Hate Chaos

Replies: 5

Views: 1247

Re: Make Fewer Gods Hate Chaos

I agree with the OP, at least for wands. Chaos-branded weapons are fine, as you hardly ever see them except when worshiping Xom, but wands of random effects are common items and are not, to my knowledge, officially tied to Xom (even if he enjoys their use).

Wednesday, 21st May 2014, 17:52

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Darken Red Player HP Bar

Replies: 9

Views: 1651

Re: Darken Red Player HP Bar

I agree with the problem, but your fix doesn't go far enough. Magenta is already used to show dangerous items, so I would use that color.

Friday, 16th May 2014, 20:17

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: FR: Remove Teleportitus from Tele Rings

Replies: 22

Views: 3809

Re: FR: Remove Teleportitus from Tele Rings

It's an extreme edge case, but I've put on rings of teleportation while confused as a mummy, simply because confusion takes away so many options that hoping for a miracle was the most sensible thing to do.

Thursday, 17th April 2014, 14:16

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: Do TSO care about Cure poison ?

Replies: 2

Views: 760

Re: Do TSO care about Cure poison ?

TSO's a bit misleading like that. He also says he hates mephitic cloud, but he doesn't. Feel free to use that, just don't do anything that deals damage to a confused enemy (unless it's a type TSO doesn't care about).

Saturday, 12th April 2014, 13:46

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Komodo dragons are pretty annoying

Replies: 35

Views: 7325

Re: Komodo dragons are pretty annoying

I'm not as on-board with removing everything in the name of not inconveniencing players, but reducing the duration of sickness or the sepsis idea seem fine to me. That said, another option for dealing with sickness is regeneration. The spell is a bit more tedious, but it does help reduce turncount e...

Thursday, 3rd April 2014, 13:55

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Proposal: Don't let the Mino use lab loot

Replies: 39

Views: 6923

Re: Proposal: Don't let the Mino use lab loot

I actually like that the minotaur uses items. Anyone who has made it to the end of a labyrinth once should know that it can use the loot, so it's a "known unknown". If the minotaur's actions are completely predictable, then the whole endeavor is the equivalent to a gear-check boss in a MMO...

Wednesday, 26th March 2014, 18:53

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Proposal : More cards for nemelex

Replies: 3

Views: 1030

Re: Proposal : More cards for nemelex

Nemelex is already pretty powerful though. Offering would make for a good deck of Oddities card I think. Bribe could be good card, but the permanent hiring might be a bit much. That's basically Yred's Enslave Soul. Making an item into a randart I think should be a rare Xom act I think (or changing a...

Wednesday, 12th March 2014, 12:51

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Unique: Alford

Replies: 13

Views: 1695

Re: Unique: Alford

He would still only cast it randomly, and if that's a problem you just make it affect all items in line of sight. You could even make it a charm-type spell that causes all items in range to move towards him each turn, for a short period of time. Problem solved.

Wednesday, 12th March 2014, 01:11

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Unique: Alford

Replies: 13

Views: 1695

Re: Unique: Alford

What if he keeps the slurping ability; however, instead of 100 gold, have it be based at least partially on item value so that stones aren't suddenly worth 100 gold. The new catch is, instead of blade hands, he has spells which transmute the gold into ranged attacks, such as a gold spear attack. The...

Wednesday, 5th March 2014, 18:32

Forum: Crazy Yiuf's Corner

Topic: Random Character Roulette

Replies: 53

Views: 6948

Re: Random Character Roulette

please, for the sake of your sanity, dont play a DD that cant reliably heal himself. thats masochistic. Actually, I think it can be kind of fun that way. It really teaches you how to play conservatively. That said, my DDAK basically won by winning the RNG lottery (Leech on D:9, Shield of Resistance...

Wednesday, 5th March 2014, 14:14

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Trunk update on the 24th, no more racial weapons

Replies: 75

Views: 13732

Re: Trunk update on the 24th, no more racial weapons

I kind of liked racial weapons, but their loss was at least nothing major. Racial armor, which there is currently a patch to remove, is a bigger deal because their bonuses are overall meaningful. Elven armor is great, and the only thing keeping it from being competitive late game is that dragon armo...

Friday, 7th February 2014, 14:50

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: +6 ring of intelligence

Replies: 6

Views: 1461

Re: +6 ring of intelligence

Also note that if you're having food problems, sustenance will not help with the food cost of casting spells, only your natural hunger increase per turn. The ring of intelligence would help with that, to some degree. Overall though, I'd only buy the ring if you don't have any better ring (+6 int > s...

Thursday, 6th February 2014, 14:39

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Proposal: Xom and ?useless

Replies: 14

Views: 2938

Re: Proposal: Xom and ?useless

Quick and dirty suggestion would be that the scroll simply "gets his attention." Doesn't have to be good or bad, play on his mood or not maybe, I dunno. But just the idea that reading a "scroll of harmless chaos" being a way to get the attention of the "god of chaos" s...

Monday, 3rd February 2014, 16:08

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Proposal: Xom and ?useless

Replies: 14

Views: 2938

Re: Proposal: Xom and ?useless

The simple way to make it useful would be to make it randomly choose among any good or double-edged, tactical scroll (not curse foo, enchant foo, recharging, identification, or acquirement). The scroll should have instant or quick field effects like butterflies, fan's blowback effect, mass slow/conf...

Monday, 3rd February 2014, 15:34

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Inverse Piety?

Replies: 15

Views: 2484

Re: Inverse Piety?

* Another way this could work (completely different) is that you start at max piety with a god, and piety decays at a steady rate based on exploration and/or experience gain (though perhaps with a very, very slow piety decay by turncount as well). Perhaps some things can be rewarded with piety rest...

Friday, 31st January 2014, 12:49

Forum: Crazy Yiuf's Corner

Topic: Do not consider wild magic mutation as good

Replies: 35

Views: 5985

Re: Do not consider wild magic mutation as good

I actually like the mutation. To be sure, it's not for all characters (most charms-focused characters don't care that much about power for example). However, wear a ring of wizardry with it, and it's like having the best effect from a ring of fire + ice + all the other spell schools. On one characte...

Tuesday, 28th January 2014, 15:13

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Sticky flame is too good at annihilating scrolls

Replies: 33

Views: 8315

Re: Sticky flame is too good at annihilating scrolls

I don't want to weigh in on whether or not "more damaging to scrolls" is good or not, but "dropping scrolls stack by stack" when you are on fire is incredibly undesirable. In all cases, sticky flame should burn up all the scrolls it's going to burn on the first turn. This would ...

Sunday, 19th January 2014, 17:56

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Formicids (Was: Dwants)

Replies: 314

Views: 64056

Re: Formicids (Was: Dwants)

Whoops. In my defense, that statement was easy to misinterpret. The commit that removed potion nutrition was kind of a shame though, because drinking potions for nutrition saved my character's life one time.

Sunday, 19th January 2014, 14:15

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Formicids (Was: Dwants)

Replies: 314

Views: 64056

Re: Formicids (Was: Dwants)

Potions don't give nutrition anymore out of blood and porridge. That was reverted: 5d474e4 | Adam Borowski | 2013-12-28 22:40:33 +0100 Give everyone the same nutrition for drinking blood. Ie, 1000 for fresh blood, 800 for coagulated. Also, add back the missing 40 nutrition that used to be granted f...

Saturday, 11th January 2014, 18:02

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Remove food destruction from harpies

Replies: 13

Views: 2247

Re: Remove food destruction from harpies

I would just have them eat food off the ground, and optionally, if you tried to eat food right in front of them, they could take it away. I fully admit though that the latter is for flavor more than anything and might not be worth bothering with.

Friday, 10th January 2014, 19:02

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Brainstorm permanent ally god

Replies: 47

Views: 8391

Re: Brainstorm permanent ally god

I had a similar idea for a mercenary shop in a portal vault way back when: https://crawl.develz.org/tavern/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4729&p=62421 Unfortunately I could never get the environment to compile in VS and stopped trying. Maybe I'll come back to it one day. But I digress. In any case, I s...

Monday, 6th January 2014, 16:42

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Proposal: beogh reform

Replies: 79

Views: 9082

Re: Proposal: beogh reform

While I've played very little of Beogh, I agree with some of your ideas. However, I have a problem with this: Set a limit to # of followers(5?): For the most part, having more than 5 at one time is a pain anyway. Doing this wouldn't affect balance too much, since you would be able to revive you foll...

Thursday, 19th December 2013, 03:29

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Why Immolation scroll does not give any XP?

Replies: 8

Views: 2064

Re: Why Immolation scroll does not give any XP?

I wonder if this is done to get around AI and God behavior. Casting inner flame on an ally generally turns them hostile.

Sunday, 15th December 2013, 16:41

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Add MR to Potion of Resistance

Replies: 6

Views: 1623

Re: Proposal: Add MR to Potion of Resistance

This sounds much better than the MR spell idea, since that was A) a boring yet optimal spell and B) something that would be just as hard if not harder to find as MR items, and harder to use. This slightly alleviates the problem of being unlucky with MR items, and is balanced by being a consumable.

Friday, 13th December 2013, 21:25

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: Rank the Draconian Colors

Replies: 31

Views: 14224

Re: Rank the Draconian Colors

Pale's breath works really well in hallways. I like to use conjure flame, then breathe steam to make them walk out of the steam and into the fire. Unless it has been changed since I tested it in wizmode a while back, one thing most people don't realize is that you CAN use mephitic cloud or mephitic ...

Friday, 13th December 2013, 17:59

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Monster digging breaks vaults

Replies: 29

Views: 5406

Re: Monster digging breaks vaults

Which I why you just make them use it only while chasing the player.

Friday, 13th December 2013, 01:40

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Monster digging breaks vaults

Replies: 29

Views: 5406

Re: Monster digging breaks vaults

To be honest, monsters digging into vaults seems like perfectly good emergent behavior to me, since players can try to use it to their advantage, or it can cause a crisis for the player. I think it would be fine if monsters didn't patrol into the area, but I think it should be fair game having monst...

Saturday, 7th December 2013, 17:12

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Starting Evocables/Assassin Background?

Replies: 18

Views: 2859

Re: Starting Evocables/Assassin Background?

I once had a game with a ring of invisibility literally within sight of entering the dungeon, and it was indeed very powerful. It is extremely effective just by seeing a sleeping enemy, walking back out of sight, attempting to evoke as many times as you need, and walking up and killing the dude. Ver...

Friday, 6th December 2013, 14:00

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: What are manuals for?

Replies: 28

Views: 5201

Re: What are manuals for?

I don't think they've lost their purpose. To me, they're sort of like specialized potions of experience. I think I would increase the chances of seeing them in shops, especially book shops. They are potentially pretty good items, and it doesn't really break balance if they're in a shop where you hav...

Wednesday, 4th December 2013, 16:52

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Purge the devil: Remove item destruction

Replies: 96

Views: 22021

Re: Purge the devil: Remove item destruction

Elliptic's argument that if item destruction were gone, players would hoard items up to their weight limit then get annoyed juggling inventory whenever some new item was found is not very compelling to me because: A) People can run into the same problem now, it just tends to involve juggling things ...

Monday, 2nd December 2013, 15:40

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: Why do people use Xom?

Replies: 15

Views: 2888

Re: Why do people use Xom?

There's a lot of luck involved, but once you get past the early game and get survival options he's not bad. Rings of teleportation are your friend though, as Xom users tend to burn through scrolls faster, and the random teleportation aspect can work while confused. I will also say that getting the N...

Monday, 2nd December 2013, 14:25

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Purge the devil: Remove item destruction

Replies: 96

Views: 22021

Re: Purge the devil: Remove item destruction

I would like to reiterate that I am still a fan of Marbit's proposal: https://crawl.develz.org/tavern/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=8495&p=115180#p115180 , which Brendan implemented. It was never actually tried in trunk though, as some of the devs had problems with it that they never bothered to fully...

Friday, 29th November 2013, 20:31

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: How to create Mottled Dragon?

Replies: 7

Views: 2297

Re: How to create Mottled Dragon?

Also note that if you polymorph a monster over deep water/lava, you'll only get something that can swim or fly.

Wednesday, 27th November 2013, 21:30

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Opinions on lava orcs?

Replies: 33

Views: 5751

Re: Opinions on lava orcs?

It has been a while since I played a LO, but I think they would be more interesting overall if their abilities were based on desperation, aka, scaled off of %hp %mp rather than tension or whatever they use now (unless that has been changed.) I tried to use ideas like this for DS powers (something i...

Tuesday, 26th November 2013, 15:23

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: .14 Trunk Question

Replies: 13

Views: 2302

Re: .14 Trunk Question

Suggestion: Harpies no longer steal food from your pack. However, they still steal food from the ground and if for whatever reason you try to eat in front of them they can snatch it out of your hands. Keep the flavor, remove the tedium.

Saturday, 23rd November 2013, 15:30

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Opinions on lava orcs?

Replies: 33

Views: 5751

Re: Opinions on lava orcs?

I've thought salamanders make sense for a while now. Would they also use naga barding then?

Saturday, 23rd November 2013, 02:20

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: MuCK

Replies: 29

Views: 4739

Re: MuCK

To be honest, I wouldn't even worry about the max duration of a single Xomfusion. Xom is quite happy to chain confuse you, so the actual amount of time you spend confused is practically unlimited.

Friday, 22nd November 2013, 02:23

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: Success With Warpers?

Replies: 9

Views: 1553

Re: Success With Warpers?

I'm surprised no one mentioned Naga Warper. Teleportation helps make up for their biggest weakness, and their high HP and decent aptitudes help them kill stuff without the benefit of starting with offensive spells.

Thursday, 21st November 2013, 15:25

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: Hybridize, howto ?

Replies: 37

Views: 5489

Re: Hybridize, howto ?

I tend to play hybrids almost exclusively. My skills are often spread all over the place, but I've won a few times. I would recommend starting with a caster background for the book. It's easier to pick up a passable weapon than it is to find the right book. Know what spells work with your build. Cha...

Friday, 15th November 2013, 16:34

Forum: Dungeon Crawling Advice

Topic: Overplanning and Improvised Builds

Replies: 9

Views: 1641

Re: Overplanning and Improvised Builds

Chaos Knights are also really big on adaptation. They don't start with any particular build in mind, but Xom can gift almost any item at any time.

Wednesday, 13th November 2013, 04:07

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Cheibriados (was: Formicids)

Replies: 79

Views: 12750

Re: Cheibriados (was: Formicids)

I think if there's one aspect of Chei's that doesn't need buffing, it's slouch.
If I were to give Chei anything, I'd like to see an offensive temporal distortion/step from time. In essence, it would be similar to banishment, only the monster is unbanished after a semi-random amount of time.

Monday, 4th November 2013, 15:30

Forum: Game Design Discussion

Topic: Proposal: Mangle item

Replies: 62

Views: 7685

Re: Proposal: Mangle item

I realised that there are more solutions to the issue: ⋅  Status quo. Do nothing, live with the current amount of tedium. ⋅  Monsters never pick up items. ⋅  Monsters never pick up items dropped by the player. ⋅  Monsters never pick up items touched (stepped ...
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